Raiders notes: Pryor practices -- alone

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Raiders notes: Pryor practices -- alone

Sept. 5, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comALAMEDA -- A solitary figure wearing a red No. 6 practice jersey, Terrelle Pryor was on the practice field about 45 minutes after team practice ended, with what appeared to be a personal QB coach and an intern-type standing out in the left flat, arms outreached, waiting for passes to be thrown his way and a camera recording every moment.This is how Terrelle Pryor will get his on-field work in during his five-game suspension, so long as his appeal is denied. And with his former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel getting a six-game suspension after being hired by Indianapolis, the likelihood of Pryor's case being dismissed seems all the more unlikely.Pryor cannot practice with the team but he can attend meetings during his suspension, which lifts Oct. 10.Hagan simply "dinged" up: Receiver Derek Hagan was not on the field at the start of Monday's practice, so with roster adjustments coming, one wondered if the team's most productive preseason pass catcher had been let go.Turns out, he was nursing an undisclosed "little ding," said coach Hue Jackson."But he'll be fine," Jackson said. "I guarantee you. He'll be ready."RELATED: Raiders cut RB Bennett, re-sign S Giordano
Hagan caught a team-high 12 passes this exhibition season for 224 yards and a touchdown."Very minor," Hagan said, when describing his injury. "Yep, definitely very minor. I'll be ready to go come Wednesday and I'm looking forward to Monday next week."It's nothing too bad, nothing serious. Like I said, I'll definitely be ready to go and come Wednesday, (I'll) be out there running full speed."McFadden's tinted view: Running back Darren McFadden has been wearing a tinted eye visor on his helmet since returning from a fractured lower left eye orbital the last week of training camp in Napa. He wants to wear it in games but has to have a doctor's recommendation to the league to use one with tint. McFadden has yet to ask the NFL for permission, though."I just feel comfortable with it," he said. "It's a nice look."Slump busters?: The Raiders have lost 11 straight primetime games, dating back to the Ronald Curry-catch-in-the-back-of-the-Denver-end-zone game on Nov. 28, 2004. They have lost seven straight Monday Night Football games, dating to Dec. 2, 2002 against the New York Jets."Don't tell me that," rookie coach Hue Jackson pleaded.The Raiders have also lost eight straight season openers."Just didn't get the job done," said defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who has been in Oakland since 2004 and is now the Raiders' longest-tenured position player. "Simple as that. Ain't no use in making no excuses. Just didn't get the job done."Quote of the day: "It's like a nice piece of chicken that sitting on the plate. If you don't touch it, you won't be able to enjoy it." - Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, on the Raiders' wealth of team speed.

NFL centralizes replay reviews, Del Rio wants more freedom in challenges

NFL centralizes replay reviews, Del Rio wants more freedom in challenges

PHOENIX – Fans won’t see special teams players leaping over the long snapper in an attempt to block a field goal or extra point. Seattle’s Kam Chancellor made some big plays with that technique, but won’t have the chance anymore.

The NFL outlawed that option on Tuesday as one several rule changes enacted at the league meetings.

“There are some safety concerns,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “that are legitimate.”

The NFL also centralized replay reviews, taking that power away from officials on the field. NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino and associates at the NFL’s command center will handle reviews in an effort to add consistency to important calls.

Del Rio hoped replay challenges would be expanded further, but a proposal by Seattle and Buffalo allowing coaches to challenge any play save scoring plays and turnovers, which are automatically reviewed, did not pass.

“I think there are a number of coaches who feel like, if there’s an obvious error, we should have a mechanism to correct it,” Del Rio said. “We catch most of them, so you’re talking about a small percentage. It’s hard to move the needle for such a small percentage. That’s the problem. The fact is, if it’s important enough that we’re willing to use that challenge, we’d like that right and ability. Things happen, and you don’t want to lose a big game, a game that decides whether you advance in the playoffs or make the playoffs and it’s something you could overturn, that you could challenge or change. Why not?”

Here's a list of new rules and bylaws adopted by the league on Tuesday.

Derek Carr to be ready for Raiders offseason activities: 'He's fired up'

Derek Carr to be ready for Raiders offseason activities: 'He's fired up'

PHOENIX – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s rehab from a broken fibula has been smooth and steady. He had surgery to repair a bone broken in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, an injury that essentially killed hopes of a Raiders division, conference or league championship.

Carr’s return to health progressed through the winter, leaving him ready to start playing football again soon.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said at this week’s NFL owners meetings that Carr should be a full participant in offseason activities. The offseason program begins April 17, with a few weeks of strength and conditioning.

The first set of OTAs starts on May 22, and Carr is expected to participate fully in those workouts. There are 12 OTAs followed by a three-day mandatory minicamp that ends June 15.

Barring a setback, the Raiders won’t pull the reins on Carr’s participation during that stretch.

“I don’t think there’s any reason to take it easy,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He’s fired up. I got to see him working out with the trainers last week before we came down (to Phoenix). He’s doing well. I think he’s really excited about where it is and how the rehab is going. We expect to have him for all the OTAs and everything.”